Visitors are welcome to step back into history and experience eighty acres of stately trees and statuary in the beautiful blend of nature and art that is Elmwood Cemetery.
Please come by the Victorian Carpenter Gothic Cottage which serves as our Visitor Center for maps, audio tours, picnic tables and handicap accessible restrooms. Research assistance is also available in the cottage, and security is on the grounds during business hours.
Tickets purchased for any of the events below are not refundable. Coupons are used for "Elmwood 101" tours only.
Scandals & Scoundrels
Among Elmwood's 75,000 residents are the famous and infamous. Sinners and saints. Mayors and madams. Politicians and perfectly ordinary citizens. Each of them has a story to tell...and some of those stories don't have happy endings.
Join us for a look at the lives of those who contributed the notorious stories of Memphis history that we love to hear. This tour is for grown-ups.
This tour is all-walking and lasts about 90 minutes. Advance registration is required. Cost is $15 per person. Starts at 10:30 AM.
Photography Night at Elmwood
Tuesday, October 20th: Elmwood is staying open late for all photographers! Have you ever wished that you could capture Elmwood at sunset? Many photographers refer to the twilight hour as the magic hour - it's when the best photos are taken.
Bring your camera any time from 4 pm until sunset. We're leaving the cemetery open until dusk.
No registration is required. This event is free. Call 901-774-3212 for directions or email historian [at] elmwoodcemetery [dot] org.
10th ANNUAL COSTUME TWILIGHT TOUR
Please note that all tickets purchased on our website on or after October 16th will be available at the "will call" table, at the cemetery gate, on October 24th.
You may pick up your tickets when you arrive! Thank you!
History comes alive!
If you have never visited Elmwood, this tour is the best way to get to know the cemetery and the individuals who rest here. Costumed characters portraying Elmwood residents will introduce you to the history of Memphis' oldest active cemetery.
This all-walking tour will begin at 4:00 p.m. Tour groups will depart from the Cottage every ten minutes and the last tour will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Special Note: The grounds of the cemetery will be CLOSED beginning at noon on Saturday, October 24th. The gates will re-open at 4PM for the Costume Twilight Tour.
Tickets purchased in advance are $15.00. Tickets may only be purchased at the gate on the day of the tour and will be $20. Children under 12 will be admitted free.
This event takes place rain or shine.
For our mobility-impaired visitors, we recommend that you call ahead and speak with Bob Barnett or Kimberly McCollum regarding tour route information. Call 901-774-3212.
Elmwood is grateful to the Crawford-Howard Private Foundation, ArtsMemphis, and the Tennessee Arts Comission for their generous support of the Costume Twilight Tour.
5th annual Spirits With The Spirits
Frightening fun in Elmwood Cemetery on Friday, October 30 from 7 PM until we close the caskets.
Name your poison.
Choose from our own signature concoctions, delicious beers, vintages ghostly white and blood red, and enough gravely tempting food to kill you.
We'll get people dancing that haven't danced in, like, forever.
Enjoy the viewing.
Favorite frightening flicks under the moon.
Join the procession.
We'll take you for a ride through the cemetery, and you might not ever come back.
Our residents will rise to the occasion and tell their stories. A fortune teller will tell yours. All surrounded by flickering lights and strange sights.
If you miss this, you'll just die.
Dig up a few friends and join the party. $70 per body, $125 per couple. Purchase tickets here. Sponsorships and your very own tombstone available, just call 774-3212.
This event takes place rain or shine.
Fall Tree Tour of Elmwood
Elmwood is home to almost 1,500 trees. Many of these trees are tagged, but there's so much more to know about a tree than its scientific and common name. Some of the trees that live in Elmwood are older than the cemetery! The trees of Elmwood are so beloved that the cemetery was even named for a tree.
Join us for this tree tour of the cemetery grounds given by Elmwood volunteer Jim Dennis. Cost for the tour is $10 per person. This all-walking tour begins at 10:30 a.m. Call 901-774-3212 for more information.
Beale Street Dynasty
“The vivid history of Beale Street―a lost world of swaggering musicians, glamorous madams, and ruthless politicians―and the battle for the soul of Memphis.
Following the Civil War, Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee, thrived as a cauldron of sex and song, violence and passion. But out of this turmoil emerged a center of black progress, optimism, and cultural ferment. Preston Lauterbach tells this vivid, fascinating story through the multigenerational saga of a family whose ambition, race pride, and moral complexity indelibly shaped the city that would loom so large in American life.”
The Read In Peace Book Club will meet in the Lord’s Chapel at 10:00 AM for a discussion of Beale Street Dynasty by Preston Lauterbach. Book club meetings are free and open to the public. Please email historian [at] elmwoodcemetery [dot] org to save your seat or call 901-774-3212.